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A Supporter

By kombizz      
Another day, there was a demonstration against Israeli invasion to Lebanon. Like other journalists I attended and took few images.

I saw that man holding a poster. The image on the poster was belong to Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, Secretary-General of Hezbollah - or Party of God - has re-positioned the Shia organization as a major player in Lebanese politics.

Hassan Nasrallah was born in 1960 in southern Beirut, one of nine children of a poor grocer. After Lebanon erupted into civil war in 1975, his family fled the city to its ancestral village in the south of the country.

As a teenager, he studied both politics and the Koran, spending three years at the Shia seminary in Najaf in Iraq, where he met Sayyad Abbas Musawi, his predecessor as leader of Hezbollah.

In 1978, Sheikh Nasrallah was expelled from Iraq and became heavily involved in Lebanese politics, first as a member of the Shia Amal militia, then as the Amal political representative for the Bekaa region.

But Israel's 1982 invasion of Lebanon transformed the situation. Nasrallah and many of his colleagues broke away from Amal, which was being pressured to join a National Salvation Front, which had established relations with Israel.

After Musawi was assassinated by the Israelis in 1992, Sheikh Nasrallah, aged just 32, was elected his successor.

Sheikh Nasrallah, his wife and their three children, are said to live simply in a poor area of south Beirut. His eldest son, Hadi, became a fighter with Hezbollah, and was killed in 1997 during a fire-fight with Israeli troops in southern Lebanon.

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Tags: Photo journalism Kombizz Iran Palestine Lebanon Hezbollah Party of god Supporter Sheikh hassan nasrallah Shia Beirut Sayyad abbas musawi Portraits and people

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PatrickSmith 17 1.2k 2 United States
4 Aug 2006 1:49PM
Ah, now this is an excellent photo and a good informative story to match. And the background is not distracting but still tells us where he is. Photojournalizm shots do not get as much attention on EPZ as landscapes or birds, but this is still very good, as it shows a real person expressing an idea.
riprap007 17 1.6k 37 England
3 Sep 2006 2:02PM
excellent description, good PJ oncemore

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